Moving on Up 2023: Making an Impact with your Career
People’s History Museum, Manchester
Are you ready to take the next step in your career?
If you are mid-career, Moving on Up 2023 is the essential conference to give you a motivation boost, help you identify areas for progress, develop your networks and discover how you can demonstrate your impact in the sector.
This event is for you if you work in any area of the museum sector, or are employed in a different sector looking to bring your skills and experience to a museum or heritage setting. It gives you the confidence, contacts and ideas to think innovatively and creatively about how you can progress your career and be a changemaker in the sector.
By attending this event you will:
- Hear about the career journeys of leaders in sector and find out their top tips for progression
- Find out how best to take risks in your career
- Learn how to acknowledge and deal with failure at work
- Discuss how we can push the parameters of what leadership looks like in museums in 2023.
- Learn from one another through peer mentoring as delegates will be asked to discuss common mid-career challenges, from feeling stuck to achieving a better work/life balance.
- Have the chance to discuss topics and ideas raised at MOU with other delegates throughout the event as well as at networking at the end of the day.
See what previous delegates said about the event on Twitter:
- So much positive, constructive energy! #MOU2022
- Great event from @MuseumsAssoc today. It was really nice to talk to people who feel the same as I do and gather some excellent advice about careers in museums
- Thanks to all the speakers and panelists involved in #MOU2021 today and the @MuseumsAssoc for putting it all together! A really inspiring day with so much food for thought going forward as individuals and as a sector.
- #MOU2021 has been fantastic. Some genuinely inspirational speakers and also a great feeling of camaraderie from attendees. Thanks
Follow the event on Twitter: #MOU2023
The day runs from 1000-1630. Registration will be from 0930.
Chair welcome and icebreaker
Keynote: Kully Thiarai
Kully Thiarai, Creative Director and CEO, Leeds 2023
Q&A with Kully Thiarai
Delegates will have the opportunity to put their questions to Kully Thiarai
Taking risks with your career
Becky Peters, Director (Interim), People’s History Museum, shares her career journey
Delegates will discuss in groups where they have or could take greater risks in their career
Spheres of Influence
Gabrielle Heffernan, Director of Content, National Football Museum, facilitates this group discussion looking at how you can overcome challenges or barriers in your career.
A vegetarian/vegan lunch will be served in the Engine Hall. Delegates will also have the opportunity to visit the Nothing About Us Without Us exhibition
From 1315-1345, there will be networking and discussion opportunities facilitated by Tamsin Russell, Workforce Development Officer, Museums Association. These take place in the Coal Store and as places are limited, delegates will be asked to sign up in advance.
Learning from failure with FailSpace
David Stevenson, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, delivers a creative exercise from the AHRC-funded project FailSpace, exploring how the cultural sector can better recognise, acknowledge and learn from failure
For more information on how the session will work, please visit the FailSpace website
Delegates will be asked to move tables (if they are able to) in order to help facilitate new conversations with different people
Tamsin Russell, Workforce Development Officer, Museums Association, leads an interactive exercise. Delegates will be asked to discuss in groups common mid-career challenges or situations, from feeling stuck to achieving a better work/life balance
Getting ready to lead: what does museum leadership look like in 2023?
Esme Ward, Director, Manchester Museum, and Nusrat Ahmed, Curator of South Asia Gallery, Manchester Museum, in conversation about how we can push the parameters of what leadership looks like in museums
Delegates will have the opportunity to discuss what they have heard
As the end of the event approaches, Sahar Beyad will ask delegates to reflect on what they have heard and consider what they will take away from the day
Events programme supported by:
This event will take place in person.
Concessionary Member – £60
Member (Essential, Full, Institutional and Commercial members) – £80
Non-member – £120
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Inclusive event places
The Benevolent Fund will provide five free places to this event to individual members who face barriers due to ethnicity, disability, socio-economic background, and gender identity or sexual orientation (LGBTQ).
These free places are part of our wider work towards creating a more inclusive sector. We will also support any accessibility requests such as provision of British Sign Language (BSL), audio description or closed captioning. The deadline to apply for an Inclusive Place is 12 noon on 9 March. Events inclusive places request form
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